Area football recaps: Week 1
The Pana Panthers defeated Staunton 50-0 Friday night in the head coaching debut of B.J. Ogata as the Bulldogs coach.
Pana scored 34 points in the first quarter and led 48-0 at the half.
Staunton, which hosts Hillsboro on Friday night, was led by Corey Scroggins with 24 yards on five carries. He also completed 3 of 8 passes for 38 yards. Ethan Mullenix had one reception for 34 yards. Tyler Newton had seven tackles for the Bulldogs defensively, four solo.
Elsewhere in the county,
Gillespie 28, Vandalia 6 – At Gillespie, the Miners went winless last season, but brought in 80-year-old Don Dobrino to lead the squad, and they snapped a losing streak with a home win.
Tate Wargo completed 8 of 15 passes for 149 yards and a score. Bobby Carr added 122 yards on the ground for the Miners (1-0) who travel to Litchfield Friday night.
Hillsboro 29, Piasa Southwestern 22 – At Hillsboro, the Toppers scored on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter to fend off a Piasa Birds rally in the season opener.
Piasa rallied from a 21-6 at the half and took the lead with 16 third quarter points. That included an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Michael Nolte, a safety and a six-yard touchdown run by Caleb Robinson.
Robinson completed 16 of 31 passes for 203 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions for Piasa Southwestern (0-1). The Birds could not muster up a rushing attack, held to 32 yards rushing in the game. Zack Seymour caught four passes for 58 yards. Scott Kasting caught three for 49 yards and Josh Manns had three catches for 48 yards for Piasa. The Birds home opener is Friday against Greenville.
North Mac 41, New Berlin 20 – Shane Owsley’s head coaching debut was a success as the Panthers outlasted New Berlin in Sangamo Conference action.
New Berlin led 13-0 after a quarter but North Mac put up 27 second quarter points and led 27-20 at the half. They outscored the Pretzels 14-0 in the second half.
North Mac had a balanced rushing attack, going for 266 yards on the ground. Griffin Hatalla had 84 of those yards on 14 carries and scored three times, including both touchdowns in the second half.
Brennan White completed 4 of 10 passes for 36 yards and a touchdown for North Mac, which hosts Pittsfield in the home opener Friday.
Bunker Hill 28, Metro East Lutheran/Madison 0 – At Bunker Hill, the Minutemen opened the season with a shutout win over Metro East Lutheran/Madison.
Bunker Hill took a 6-0 lead on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Storm Coffman to Adam Brewer.
Coffman scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter and the Minutemen added a pair of scores in the fourth quarter to complete the win. Bunker Hill will visit Macon Meridian on Friday night.
Trenton Wesclin 39, Mt. Olive 8 – At Trenton, the Wildcats lost their season opener in non-conference action.
Wesclin built a 20-0 halftime lead and cruised from there. Wesclin outscored Mt. Olive 19-8 in the third quarter.
Jonathan Darrah rushed for 138 yards on 20 carries and scored Mt. Olive’s lone touchdown. Andrew Jones added 83 yards on 22 carries. Ethan Swenson completed 3 of 4 passes for 41 yards. Darrah had a 21-yard catch for the Wildcats.
Mt. Olive hosts Sullivan on Friday.
Greenfield/Palmyra Northwestern 38, Jacksonville Routt 6 – At Jacksonville, the Tigers opened with a road win behind Taegan Grigsby.
Grigsby had a 34-yard touchdown run in the first half which gave the Tigers a 16-0 lead. Cole Arnett completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to Matt Walker making it a 24-6 lead in the third quarter.
Grigsby rushed for 157 yards to lead the way for Greenfield/Palmyra Northwestern, which hosts Camp Point Central on Friday.